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A Cross-Case Analysis of Migrant Chuukese Families in Hawai‘i and Their Children with Special Needs.

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Title:A Cross-Case Analysis of Migrant Chuukese Families in Hawai‘i and Their Children with Special Needs.
Authors:Peter, Joakim M.
Contributors:Education (department)
special education
children with disabilities
Date Issued:Dec 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Citizens of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations of Micronesia are the
newest ethnic migrant group in Hawai‘i. This relationship is born out of the long history of the
geopolitical relationship between the COFA nations (the Republic of Palau, Federated States of
Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands) and the United States. Currently, COFA
citizens have open access to the country but their unique immigration status as unqualified
migrants limits their ability to access social safety net support programs. Using a combination of
Family System Theory, Family Resilience Theory, and Family Quality of Life Theory, this study
also utilizes indigenous Chuukese concepts of travel to investigate the background, experience,
and cultural-charged perceptions of social services by three Chuukese families of children with
special needs in Hawai‘i. Data were collected and analyzed from individual semi-structured
interviews and focus group discussions, primary and secondary documents, and prolonged
observations. The study conclusions showed that these families maintain a strong connection
with their networks of support. Despite facing challenging barriers in Hawai‘i, these families
were resilient and reciprocate by helping others and giving back to their networks and
communities. Their children’s disabilities were not seen as signs of weakness and diminished
dreams. These families thrive because of such challenges, not in spite of them.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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